Postdoctoral Research Position
Molecular biology of aluminium tolerance
University of Auckland
A postdoctoral position is available to investigate the molecular basis of
aluminium toxicity in Arabidopsis. Aluminium is a major problem in acid
soils, where it is converted to soluble Al3+ and blocks cell division in root
meristems. Arabidopsis is particularly sensitive to aluminium. The
mechanism of the toxicity in plants is poorly understood at the
molecular level. We have isolated and sequenced a number of aluminium-
induced cDNA clones from wheat roots, and are currently isolating Arabidopsis
homologues. The project will involve further characterisation of these Al-
induced genes, including their expression pattern and control of their
regulation, and their function. The aluminium group comprises the
postdoc, a technician and two PhD students, who are also involved in isolating
and characterising mutants that are Al-tolerant and Al-sensitive.
It is part of a plant molecular biology group of around twenty people
within a molecular biology department. The University of Auckland is
located in the city of Auckland, with a population of 800,000, and perched
between two harbours - great for sailors surfers swimmers (as well as
scientists!). The position is available immediately, and is for one year in
the first instance.
Please contact Richard Gardner, Department of Cellular and Molecular
Biology, University of Auckland, Ph 64-9-373-7999 ext 7234, Fax 64-9-373-
7414, e-mail "GARDNER at CELVAX.AUKUNI.AC.NZ"